Wednesday 26 July 2017

Suspect in Sian killing tells police where other body buried

Tom Morgan in Swindon

POLICE were last night still questioning a man suspected of killing nightclubber Sian O'Callaghan as the search continued for the body of a second murder victim.

New searches have been launched after detectives said a man suspected of killing Sian gave them new information on the whereabouts of another murder victim.

The fresh forensic effort was sparked as the suspect reportedly told police where to find the remains of a second missing person.

Detectives believe searches on the Oxfordshire-Gloucestershire border will lead them to Wiltshire's "one outstanding" missing person.

Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher said the person had gone missing "several years ago".

Police refused to comment on speculation the remains they were looking for could belong to 39-year-old Tina Pryer.

The mother-of-three was last seen getting in a taxi in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, in April 2001.

The suspect, named locally as taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, appeared before Swindon magistrates yesterday as officers were granted another 24 hours to quiz him.

The body of Ms O'Callaghan was recovered from an area near the village of Uffington, 15 miles east of Swindon.

Supt Fulcher, who is leading the inquiry for Wiltshire Police, admitted officers "did not at this stage know what we are dealing with".

The detective said he had been personally taken by the suspect to the location where Miss O'Callaghan's body was found and where the search had begun for a second victim.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory, who is leading the search, said at the scene: "We were given some indication of where there might be a find. Of course, it isn't as simple as that. It was tricky last night in the dark."

Describing the ongoing search for a second body, Supt Fulcher added: "What I can say is that if there is one, it relates to an incident some years ago. I can tell you that Wiltshire only has one outstanding missing adult and that is from several years ago."

Taxi

Police seized a green taxi which was seen early last Saturday when Ms O'Callaghan disappeared after leaving a nightclub in her home town of Swindon.

Ms O'Callaghan was caught on CCTV leaving the nightclub, in Swindon's Old Town area, after an evening out with girl- friends. She lived in a flat just half a mile away with her boyfriend Kevin Reape (25).

Ms O'Callaghan's family have thanked members of the public who helped in the search for "our beautiful girl".

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